A new market research report on nanoelectromechanical systems, NEMS, includes graphene as an exemplary material for the production of NEMS. The report, published by MarketsandMarkets this month, predicts the global NEMS market to reach $108 million by 2022. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for this market is thus expected to reach a whopping 30%.
The report covers materials, components, products, and applications related to NEMS. Uses of NEMS include accelerometers for measuring tiny forces and high-specificity high-sensitivity chemical sensors, for trace gas detection. Components often include nanometer-sized objects vibrating at high frequencies. Graphene for this application features in the form of suspended one-atom thick membranes. Currently, NEMS systems based on graphene are in the domain of scientific research.
No graphene company is included in the “company profiles” section, which makes us think that the report considers graphene to play only a small role in the market. To be certain, one would need to shell out $4650 for the report ($7150 for corporate users), and at that price I’d rather just wait and see. Graphene of course has the best mechanical properties of the five materials considered (others are ZnO, SiC, GaN, and SiO2), so with some technological solutions for fabrication of graphene membranes, the graphene community may just prove market researchers wrong on this one.